Celebrities Who Said 'I Do' After 40

Sarah Kester
Jen and Ben Affleck
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Love doesn't know a lot of things. It knows no gender, race, or financial status. It also doesn't know age.

This is what's prompted many celebs to get married past the age of 40. Whether they took their sweet time or had to go through many frogs to find the one, here are 12 celebs who said "I do" after 40.

1. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton and her husband
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The Hilton heiress had to kiss quite a few frogs before she found her prince. She was even engaged to one of them! She finally found the right one in businessman Carter Reum in 2019. They got married in November 2021 when the reality star was 40.

2. Cameron Diaz

Benji and Cameron
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The Holiday actress has done a few things later in life, starting with marrying her husband, Benji Madden at 42. Diaz met the Good Charlotte guitarist through her good friend, Nicole Richie, who’s married to Benji’s brother, Joel.

At the “In Goop Health” wellness summit panel, Diaz shared why she got married later in life.  

Cameron Diaz drinking wine
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“I think it’s a matter of I just hadn’t met my husband. I had boyfriends before, and there’s a really, really distinct difference between husbands and boyfriends."

3. Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi
Giphy | The Academy Awards

The Thor: Love and Thunder actor/director was 46 when he wed the 31-year-old singer, Rita Ora. They got married in a very small ceremony. This came after he divorced Chelsea Winstanley in 2018, with whom he shared two kids.

4. Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney and Travis
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It took the right man to get The Kardashians star to settle down. Even though she and her ex, Scott Disick, toyed with the idea (and even visited a chapel), they never got married.

Everything changed when she started dating Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker.

At the age of 43, the mom of three wed Travis in Santa Barbara, California.

Kourtney Kardashian
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A week later, this was followed up with a more elaborate wedding in Italy with all of their friends and family and a religious ceremony.

5. Britney Spears

Britney and her husband
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The third time's the charm. The “Toxic” singer said “I do” to her longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari in June 2022. This came after her highly-publicized conservatorship was terminated. The pair had met on the set of her Slumber Party music video. She was joined by celeb friends for the nuptials, including Selena Gomez and Paris Hilton. 

6. Kristen Dunst

Keeping it low-key. The Bring It On star married her longtime love, Jesse Plemons, at the age of 40. The pair met while working together as a married couple on the FX series, Fargo. They welcomed their first son in May 2018.,

7. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton

Eight months after their engagement, the previous The Voice judges tied the knot at the country singer's Tishomingo ranch over the Fourth of July weekend in 2021. At the time, Gwen was 51 while Blake was 45.

8. Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek portrait
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The actress met her businessman husband on a blind date that didn't start off well. They were able to find their footing and announced their engagement and pregnancy when Salma was 40. She was 42 when she married the French businessman.

9. Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo

Amy with her husband
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Although they knew each other for many years (they first met in 2001 in acting class), the pair wouldn't get married until they were both in their 40s. This was after a seven-year engagement.

10. James Brolin and Barbra Streisand

 Barbra Streisand on stage
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It was a blind date that brought these two crazy kids together. They were both in their 50s at the time. They got married when Streisand was 56 and Brolin was 58. It's been over 20 years since then and they're still going strong.

11. Gabrielle Union

Gab with her husband and daughter
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The Bring It On star was 42 when she married NBA star Dwayne Wade.

This came after they started off as just friends, best friends, and eventually something more. "I didn't want to be on this planet without him," Union wrote in her memoir.

12. Jennifer Lopez

Jlo and Ben walking together
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The singer's relationship with Ben Affleck has been quite the wild ride. First, the pair reconnected over 18 years after they called off their first engagement. After a second engagement, they shocked the world when they got married in Las Vegas.

A month later, after Jlo had turned 53, they had a second wedding.

Jennifer Lopez in wedding dress
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This took place at Ben's 50-year-old estate in Riceboro, Georgia. The reason why this is so sentimental is that Ben originally bought the house soon after their first engagement.